Sometimes, a temporary stint working remotely is all it takes to understand the tremendous freedom of a digital nomad lifestyle. So it went for the subject of this week’s FlexJobs success story, whose experience working remotely for a limited time inspired her to find a permanent work-from-anywhere job, and a whole new flexible career.
Megan K.’s initial decision to hit the pause button on a busy lifestyle gave her a fresh perspective on her career—a perspective that led to life as digital nomad, and the freedom to travel according to her own agenda. Through her FlexJobs membership, Megan found a full-time, remote job as a digital asset manager at Hyperbiotics, a global wellness company that uses technology to educate consumers about the benefits of probiotics.
Joining the likes of other FlexJobs subscribers who’ve found work across 50 flexible job categories, Megan’s set to begin a whole new set of travel adventures, while maintaining a rewarding, flexible career.
Embracing Freedom as a Digital Nomad
Based in Golden, Colorado, Megan and her husband had been ready to try working remotely, figuring at first that the shift would be temporary. “In 2017, my husband and I pressed pause on our busy lives in Colorado and hit the road for a year of full-time travel,” Megan said. “We had some savings to lean on, but, rather than prolong our departure to save more, we convinced our employers to let us work part-time remote while we traveled the world.”
Turns out the change was such a good one; they wanted it to continue. “Unfortunately,” Megan said, “we eventually had to return to our full-time, non-remote roles and the adventure ended almost as quickly as it had begun. Since then, we’ve both been in search of more permanent remote roles so we can continue to live the remote, freedom-oriented lifestyle we fell in love with.”
Traveling to See Family, and the World
Megan’s new job offers the flexible lifestyle she was seeking. “This remote role will give me the flexibility to travel when I want,” she said. “While based in the states, this means more visits with family across the country and more chances to explore my home state.”
It’s icing on the cake that Megan is totally in sync with the mission of Hyperbiotics. “In addition to the perks of location independence, my new employer is a health-based business with philanthropy at its core, so I’ll not only be learning more about wellness and natural living, but helping others do the same. It’s truly a dream opportunity!”
Her new job has made life better in other ways too, “not just in terms of travel but also for my day-to-day,” Megan wrote. “Before working remotely, I’d have to plan my days around my commute and time in-office so I’d hit the gym early, run errands late or on lunch, and basically rinse and repeat. Now I look forward to planning my work around my day! I can hit the gym when it’s least busy, or run errands outside of rush hour. It’s also offered benefits I didn’t even consider, like the freedom to schedule doctor’s appointments midday or when they can next squeeze you in!”
Inspiration and Strategies for Other Job Seekers
A millennial, Megan has a new view of her flexible career prospects going forward. “My FlexJobs account opened my eyes to the sheer volume of remote and flexible jobs that are available,” she said. Her job search strategy involved “applying to at least 2-3 jobs per day that matched my skill set and experience.” She also broadened her search to include other careers. “I found so many other online opportunities during my remote job search…that I am planning on supplementing my income with some of those opportunities once I get settled in my new role (ex: online tutoring).”
For job seekers who are serious about finding work flexibility, “a FlexJobs account is the best way to go!” Megan wrote. “The job listings are high quality and may even pay you more than your desk job. However, I would recommend giving remote work a try before you go ‘all in.’ Maybe apply for some part-time, freelance work, or sign up to teach online for a few months. Working from home is not for everyone so I’d suggest making sure you have the discipline and organizational skills to succeed outside of an office environment.”
As for specific strategies, Megan customized her resume and cover letter and tailored her creative work portfolio for each job application. “For example,” she said, “I applied to be a presentation designer and submitted my cover letter in the form of a PowerPoint presentation rather than the traditional PDF. I’d highly suggest taking the extra effort to stand out because, with remote jobs, you’re no longer only competing with local candidates. The talent pool is now huge!”
Megan was pleased with how her FlexJobs experience worked out. “I’d just like to say ‘thank you’ to the FlexJobs team for this great service!” she wrote. “I always thought I’d have to pave my own way to make a living online, but having a quality resource like FlexJobs proved that that isn’t the only option. You’ve accelerated my dreams of location independence and time freedom, and I can’t thank you enough!”
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